Taylor Jackson

Senior Policy Analyst, Centre for Natural Resource Studies, Fraser Institute

Taylor Jackson is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Centre for Natural Resource Studies at the Fraser Institute. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. Mr. Jackson is the coauthor of a number of Fraser Institute studies, including Safety in the Transportation of Oil and Gas: Pipelines or Rail?, and the Fraser Institute's annual Global Petroleum Survey, and Survey of Mining Companies. He is also the coauthor of a book chapter on the past, present, and future of Canadian-American relations with Professor Alexander Moens. Mr Jackson's work has been covered in the media all around the world and his commentaries have appeared in the National Post, Financial Post, and Washington Times, as well as other newspapers across Canada.

Recent Research by Taylor Jackson

— Feb 16, 2017
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Examining the Revenue Neutrality of British Columbia's Carbon Tax

Examining the Revenue Neutrality of British Columbia’s Carbon Tax finds that the tax is no longer revenue neutral, and could actually result in almost $900 million in higher taxes over a six-year period. These findings are especially important given the federal government’s requirement on the provinces to adopt a carbon pricing system by 2018, and the fact that proponents often tout B.C.’s carbon tax as a model to follow, in part because of its alleged revenue neutrality.

— Dec 6, 2016
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Global Petroleum Survey 2016

The 2016 Global Petroleum Survey finds that Alberta continues to look less attractive for investment in the eyes of oil and gas companies, while neighbouring Saskatchewan keeps looking better. In this year’s global ranking, Alberta dropped 18 spots to 43rd out of 96 jurisdictions worldwide, and Saskatchewan is ranked 4th. Globally, Oklahoma is the most attractive jurisdiction for petroleum upstream investments, followed by Texas.

— Oct 20, 2016
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Counting Votes: Essays on Electoral Reform is a new book that finds first-past-the-post is the best electoral system to keep governments accountable, coalition governments (and spending) increase under Proportional Representation, and the Alternative Vote—also known as ranked ballots—would weaken the competitiveness of elections. It also highlights the constitutional requirement—given previous conventions—of a referendum to make any significant change to the way Canadians elect their governments.